In 1920, Inge, a German national, travels from Norway to rural Minnesota for her arranged marriage to Olaf, a Norwegian farmer; bureaucracy and prejudice cause major complications.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Young Inge
Old Inge
Young Lars
Stephen Pelinski ...
Old Lars
Young Olaf
Old Olaf
Young Frandsen
Old Frandsen
Donna Torvik
Mae Torvik
Kirsten Frantzich ...
Stephen Yoakam ...
Einar Torvik
Rose Torvik
James Cada ...
Minister Thorwald
Sarah Torvik


As Inge buries her husband Olaf on their Minnesota farm in 1968, we relive her life story as she tells her grown grandson about how she arrived from Germany in 1920 as Olaf's postal bride and of the obstacles they overcame in order to marry... Written by Lillian LaSalle

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Rated PG for brief partial nudity and mild language | See all certifications »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)

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$41,860 (USA) (13 October 2006)


$1,706,325 (USA) (6 July 2007)

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Did You Know?


Dan Futterman was originally cast as Olaf, but by the time the movie was ready to shoot, Futterman was committed to Capote (2005) so he recommended Tim Guinee for the role. See more »


Corn plants shown in the film were spaced only inches apart. In the 1920's each plant was spaced much further apart. Horse drawn planters used "planting chains" anchored at ends of each row so the distance between each row would equal the distance between each plant. See more »


Inge: Dreams? Yes, you have?
Young Olaf: I have work, I don't have dreams.
Inge: [pushes him in a rage] Crows have dreams!
Young Olaf: [correcting her] "Ducks".
Inge: ...pheasants, all have dreams. But not you!
Young Olaf: Ducks don't have dreams. They get cold, they fly south.
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Quiet Breathing
Music and Lyrics by Mark Orton, Thomas Lieberman (as T.F. Lieberman) and Haley Bonar
Published by Camp Watertown Music/Liza Rose Music
Quiet Breathing, LP (ASCAP)
Performed by Haley Bonar
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Touching story of life in America's heartland of the 1920's.
19 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Sweet Land touched my heart. My roots are from the same farming background as Olaf and Inge's. Seeing them brought back stories and memories of my own growing up and family history. It slowed down the pace for just a little while and brought back into focus what should really matter in life--and that is the people you journey though it with. The story is simple and yet it is far deeper and more touching than most movies that hit the screen today. It is a story of hardship and the joy and pride that come from hard work. It is a love story and a story of strength. And it is a story with humor and valuable lessons that I believe America's heartland was raised on. It also shares a mindset of a time gone by, an understanding of why our grandparents and parents thought as they did and believed the things they believed. When we know and understand the past, it helps shape and lead us to the future. I appreciate the time and energy that went into the making of this film. It is a treasure.

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